#FitnessFridays: The Benefits of Core Circuit

There is a combination of exercise that when combined with a healthy diet and an adequate calorie intake, will keep inches off your waist line, and allow those abs to peek through. Strengthening and tightening you oblique muscles can contribute to a smaller frame, stronger core and better shape to your entire midsection.


When deciding on what core exercise I should do when I’m training abs, I choose plank ab circuits. The ab circuit is designed to work the maximum number of muscles as quickly and effectively as possible. Each circuit involves some sort variety that will active your whole core; because they place extra attention on the rectus abdominis and obliques


If you are a person like me, who loves variety and need to feel like your workouts aren’t redundant, circuit training is the most effective way to challenge your midsection for 6-pack rock abs. By adding resistance to your abdominal workouts, the core muscles, which include the abdominals, lower back, and hips, are involved in practically every movement you make from bending and twisting to lifting and reaching.


Benefits of a Strong Core


A strong core for every day activities


Your core is where movement originates and is the source of your stability. Building core strength could improve your posture, protect you from lower back pain and make you more fit. Whether you are running or lifting weights, a strong core often means more powerful and controlled movements.


Building core strength requires variety

Remember the first thing on this list? Your core includes lots of muscles. Six-pack training only focuses on some of the superficial muscles, ignoring all of the deep muscle layers and other superficial muscles. A good core regimen includes a variety of exercises that target different core muscles.


3 Effective Plank Exercises


Planks are super taught and great for almost any situation. The versatile move is best known for working your core.  


Forearm Plank (Low Plank)

Starting from standard plank position, lower yourself until you are resting on your forearms. Keep your forearms parallel to each other with hands flat on the ground



Plank Hip Dips

From standard plank position, slowly dip both hips to the right side. Go down as far as is comfortable without touching the floor. Lift back up to a plank and repeat on the other side.

Plank Jacks

Start in a standard plank with your legs together. Jump your feet out as if you were doing a horizontal jumping jack. Jump feet back together and repeat.

You can use these plank exercise and make your own circuit based on your fitness level. Complete each circuit two to four times, depending on your level of training, and amount of time you have.


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